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Cleric lawsuits seek to limit governor's emergency powers

Dec. 01, 2021 17:36 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two Delaware pastors are asking a court to issue a permanent injunction prohibiting Democratic Gov. John Carney and his successors from exercising emergency powers that would restrict religious gatherings and practices. In separate Chancery Court...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

Bishops support 3 for sainthood; 2 are from Louisiana

Dec. 01, 2021 12:25 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana girl often called “The Little Cajun Saint” has been moved a second step toward actual sainthood, along with a teacher who evangelized door to door in Cajun country and a man who worked for decades at a Hansen's disease colony in Hawaii. ...

Face masks now optional at Archdiocese of Miami schools

Dec. 01, 2021 07:49 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami is making face coverings optional for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students whose parents sign opt-out paperwork. The archdiocese made the announcement Tuesday, citing community COVID-19 statistics and the...

Lawsuit claims abuse, threats at church farm in Pennsylvania

Nov. 30, 2021 16:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed this month claims boys and young men at a church-related farm business in Pennsylvania were subjected to forced labor and punishment that included dragging chains and breaking up rocks with a hammer. The lawsuit by two...

As sex abuse lawsuit window closes, long road for victims

Nov. 30, 2021 15:55 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s two-year window that made it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits is closing, and attorneys for some of the hundreds of plaintiffs say it could take years more for the cases against Catholic clerics and dioceses and other entities to...

EU draft pulled after Vatican complains Christmas 'canceled'

Nov. 30, 2021 15:41 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The European Commission on Tuesday retracted internal communication guidelines that had proposed substituting the “Christmas period” with “holiday period” after an outcry by conservatives and the Vatican, which termed the document an attempt to “cancel” Europe’s...

Russian coronavirus-denying monk given prison sentence

Nov. 30, 2021 10:35 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A rebel Russian monk who castigated the Kremlin and denied that the coronavirus existed was convicted Tuesday on accusations of encouraging suicides and given a 3½-year prison sentence. The monk, Father Sergiy, was arrested in December 2020 on charges of...

Migrant crisis front and center in pope's Greece-Cyprus trip

Nov. 30, 2021 08:36 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen refugees home with him. Speaking to reporters on the way home that...

Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69

Nov. 28, 2021 14:24 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69.